Hosea 7:16 – They (Ephraim) return, but not to the most High (Audio)
Chapters 6 through 14 of the Book of Hosea gives Divine prophetic oracles concerning the time of the end of the great exile of Ephraim /Jacob in the “last days”, immediately before the Messianic Era. YHVH’s assessment of Ephraim in those last days is that “they “return” but not to Him. Here the Great Creator clearly states that Jacob-Ephraim, while he may think and argue that he is returning to YHVH, is not returning to Him, but is instead returning to something of his own choosing that is right in his own eyes (Deut 12:8; Prov 3:7; Isaiah 5:21) … Such a situation is a grave self-deception.
Over the past 3 decades, whilst there has been a significant outpouring of the RUACH (Spirit) of the Most High across the globe calling His blood washed people to repent and “come out” of the Judeo-Christian religious polemic and its consequent worldviews and replacement “systematic theologies”.
At the same time, in the last decade, while claim to return to the biblical “Hebraic Roots” of the Belief (faith), the contemporary “Hebraic Roots” and Messianic Jewish “Movements” chosen to return to an eclectic mixture of Rabbinical/ Karaite Judaism(s) roots and their associated worldviews, even in the face of a recent profound archeological revealing of the testimony of the Zadok priesthood that exposed the ancient origins of the Pharisee/ Rabbinic orthodoxies as a profaned way belonging to the ancient “sons of darkness” which has worked but to usurp the “Way” of YHVH and the “Teacher of Righteousness”, and the “Sons of Light”.
If the “Hebrew Roots Movement” were truly a biblical repentant movement seeking biblical truth they would honestly and prayerfully consider the historical Zadok testimony and its revelations, which describes the dynamics of the religious conflict that present the context of the days of the first coming of Yahushua Messiah. But instead of seeking the proper historical context by which the Words of Yahushua concerning the scribes and Pharisees can be properly discerned, choosing rather to simply ignore the ancient historical testimony and to blindly continue with their own preferred way of ecumenical reunion with the orthodox Judaism(s), instead of profoundly repenting and continuing to seek revelation of the return to the authentic set-apart paths of YHVH in accordance with the call of Jeremiah 6:16 and demonstrated to all by the authentic Way of Yahushua Messiah, the Koqesh (H-ly) One Of Israel, the begotten of The Most High and biblical Israel’s only appointed Redeemer.
This contemporary reality thus appears to fit precisely with Hosea’s tragic prophetic oracle of YHVH”s assessment of Jacob/Israel that even in the very last days of the exile, immediately preceding the great restoration and redemption, Ephraim still chooses to continue to feed on and follow after aneast (Babylonian) wind (Hosea 12:1.
Consequently YHVH declares that He is not very happy with Ephraim will send Yahushua Messiah to meet His people in the last days and (Hosea 11:10) He willroar and then Ephraim willtremble
The Hebrew word “tremble” is Strong’s 02729 “charad”, which means to tremble, quake, move about, be afraid, be startled, be terrified . This prophecy fits the Ezekiel 20: 30-44 prophecy of the process of redemption which indicates that Jacob/Israel/Ephraim will be meeting with Yahushua Messiah in the “wilderness of the Peoples” and brought under the authority of His rod, and that consequently He will rule over Ephraim with fury poured out (Ezekiel 20:33-34).
Thus YHVH’s declaration in Hosea is “Therefore turn thou to they Elohiym: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy Elohiym continually” “Hosea 12:6, and again in Hosea 14:1 “ O Israel, return unto YHVH they Elohiym for thou ahs fallen by thy own iniquity” which in the Words of Yahushua is that the last generation should take care to be a wise and not a foolish virgin… , just as the prophetic injunction ends in Hosea with the following:
Hosea 14: 7-9 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 ¶ Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. 9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of YHVH are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
But for those of Ephraim who are not aware of the deep pleading of YHVH for all Yahushua-redeemed “Jacob” to completely come out of religions and traditions of men and to return to Him … the full declaration of Hosea 7:16 should cause all of us to make sure of the ground on which stand in these days.
Hosea 7: 16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes (Strong’s 08629 – leaders, overseers) shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
It might be that we are on the very verge of the appointed time of meeting our Redeemer Yahushua Messiah face-to-face. That being the case the prophet Hosea calls us all to examine ourselves, and set ourselves apart from any denominations, leaders or teachers that call for submission to any other authorities rather than Yahushua Messiah in the name of ecumenical and eschatological religious unity.
May we all be encouraged to read Hosea Chapters 6-14 with prayer for discernment and full revelation in these days.
The study of the Hebraic roots of the belief (faith) is a matter quite different from the so-called Hebraic Roots or Jewish Roots / Messianic religious “movement” which is a religious expression that has been (and is increasingly being) “nudged” towards to embracing a rabbinical worldview.
In this Sabbath discussion, Boaz presents an overview of the true scriptural identity of the Redeemed House of Jacob as opposed to the definitions that have been presented by the theologies of the historical religious orthodoxies.Rob then moves to the identity of Redeemed Jacob as also being discerned, according to Yahushua, at the very level of the circumcised heart and which is reflected by the religious “words” that a person expresses when speaking of their theology, just as Yahushua demonstrated His discernment of the Rabbinical Pharisees, as recorded in Matthew 15:8, when he said…
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”
Warnings of what Yahushua Messiah’s discerning statement heralds for the spiritual identity of the contemporary Hebraic Roots “Movement” with its growing vocabulary of religious Hebrew words and icons of Judaism together with their strong motivation for ecumenical “unity” with the various forms of Judaism, as evidenced by the by increasing contemporary calls from sectors of its “shepherds” within its ranks to submit to the authority of the coming Rabbinical Sanhedrin in matters of both doctrine and authority, and which reflects their eschatological worldview of the identity of “Israel” and how it will be gathered in the last days.
The conclusion is that the Hebraic Roots “movement” is in grave danger and a watchman call is to those who love Yahushua Messiah to prayerfully discern and remove themselves from the influences of Rabbinical Judaism, and especially to become discerningly careful to listen and resist the prolific use of confusing and ambiguous religious “words” and forms of expression that seem honoring of Yahushua, but in reality mask ambiguous hidden meanings reflecting the gnostic rabbinical worldview and which provide a cover for the identity those who are not of His flock, being against Yahushua’s Divinity, all of which works against the Sword of the Spirit, the RUACH of YHVH and the Apostolic testimony of the true Good News of the Kingdom that must be shared first with brother Judah.
In this discussion Boaz and Rob explore how the religious polemic of Christendom through Rabbinicalism both present non-biblical Israelologies.
Israelology is the area of theological study of the identity and prophetic declarations of the redemption of Israel, YHVH’s people. It is important to understand that as one’s doctrines of “Israelology” go, so does one’s perspectives and interpretations of prophecy goes, since the theologies of “Israelology” are intimately related to the various understandings and interpretations of prophecy which characterize the doctrines of the two orthodoxies and the continuum of the full range of denominational religious persuasions that exist between them. A false “Israelology” is a clear sign that one is held captive by the erroneous polemic of Historical Christendom and Rabbinical religions of men.
When the “Israelologies” of Christendom and Rabbinicalism are considered in the context of what is written in Moses, the Prophets, Yahushua’s declarations and the Apostolic testimonies, the conclusion once again is that the redemption of YHVH’s people (Redeemed Israel) is a matter that can only be understood outside of and separate from the religious worldviews which characterize the polemic religions of Christianity and Judaism along with all their sub-stream denominations (biblically called their “daughters”).
From this discussion, it is hoped that the hearer may see something of how both sides of the orthodox polemic proclaim non-biblical “Israelologies” which are constructed specifically to favour their own identity and justify their own control over the “Kingdom of Heaven” and to subjugate the Word of YHVH.
Thus by carefully comparing their “Israelologies” with what is written in the scriptures we see once again that it is only by coming out from Babylonian religious polemic that we can place ourselves in a position to rightly discern biblical prophecy of the last days.
In conclusion, the watchman warning is that it is precisely because of the non-biblical “Israelologies” of Historical Christendom and Rabbinical Judaism that many denominations and individuals are being (and will yet be) deceived in these days into eschatological positions that may be anti-Yahushua Messiah and His mandate. Unless one is able to discern, recognize and repent from non-biblical “Israelology” and come entirely out of “Mystery Babylon” one may be deceived into accepting a soon-coming apostate global ecumenical religion, which heralds an apostate redemption narrative, and is controlled by a religious leadership (priesthood) which are in direct rebellion against YHVH’s declared prophetic Word. Thus, it is through our own ignorance of YHVH’s Word that one end in a theological position which is at enmity with YHVH’s biblical redemptive plan in the last days.
In the Book of Hosea, YHVH warns that not only are His people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge, but those who willfully choose to reject gaining true knowledge of His Word, He will reject from being a priest unto him (Hosea 4:6). So we must study and discern this important matter of biblical “Israelology” that we may be approved to rightly discern His Word and to ensure we are ready to stand on the right side of the “Elijah” line in the coming days!